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Swamp Pop by the Bayou
     

Swamp Pop by the Bayou

 
Another installment in Ace's ongoing and reliably riotous journey through the independent imprints that dotted the jukebox and record stores of southern Louisiana and southeastern Texas in the late '50s and early '60s, Swamp Pop by the Bayou focuses on the young white rock & rollers who picked up guitars after hearing not only Elvis

Overview

Another installment in Ace's ongoing and reliably riotous journey through the independent imprints that dotted the jukebox and record stores of southern Louisiana and southeastern Texas in the late '50s and early '60s, Swamp Pop by the Bayou focuses on the young white rock & rollers who picked up guitars after hearing not only Elvis Presley but Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Huey "Piano" Smith, along with a bunch of other rock & rollers and R&B cats from New Orleans. In a sense, these groups and singers were garage rockers, knocking out the sound they so loved, but they also specialized in the laid-back shuffles and rollicking rhumbas of the Crescent City. These rhythms gave these rock & rollers a distinctive regional sound, a sound that would be later called swamp pop but that term didn't exist back when these sides -- several of which are unissued until now -- were cut between 1959-1961. They were simply playing rock & roll, never what it was called, and this spirit is palpable in these simple, sometimes raw, recordings that retain a cheerful, vibrant immediacy; there's not much of a sense that the groups were really striving to have a hit but rather were happy to play some music. Most of these 28 cuts favor an easygoing roll rather than frenetic rock but it's never lazy: it's joyous, through and through. A few of these names are recognizable to aficionados of Louisiana rock & roll and R&B -- Warren Storm, Jivin' Gene, and Johnnie Allan pop up, as do John Fred & the Playboys, revealing how they were rockers long before "Judy in Disguise" -- but, like on the previous Bayou compilations produced by Ian Saddler for Ace, there's a heavy emphasis on rarities, with half of these songs making their debut here. These unheard tunes are hardly bad: instead, they're as good as the singles that appeared at the time and, combined, they emphasize just how rich the Louisiana bayou was in the early '60s and how good the music still sounds.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2014
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0029667058520
catalogNumber:
1161675
Rank:
78040

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Technical Credits

Betty McDonald   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Composer
J.D. Miller   Composer
David Rachou   Composer
Eddie Shuler   Composer
Ronnie Bennett   Composer
Roy Perkins   Composer
Tommy Strange   Composer
Pete Bergeron   Composer,Photo Courtesy
Ian Saddler   Liner Notes
Rodney Morgan   Composer
Robert A. King   Composer
Bobby Webb   Composer
Thomas Bryan   Composer
Tony Perreau   Composer
Gene Bourgeois   Composer
Robert Thibodeaux   Composer
John Fred Gourrier   Composer
Wiley Jeffers   Composer
Vince Guzetta   Composer
William Willdridge   Composer
Warren Shexneider   Composer
Terry Derouen   Composer
Ralph Kimble   Composer
Mike Belil   Composer
Johnny Bersin   Composer
Bobby Guidry   Composer

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